The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on nearby Jekyll Island features an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion open to the public. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a functioning hospital for ill and injured sea turtles and is the only hospital of its kind in the state of Georgia. This unique experience should be on everyone's list during a visit to the Golden Isles, where you can learn about the important role these creatures play in our marine ecosystem.
Marine biologists with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center often schedule turtle releases back into the ocean, so be sure to check with them to find out about any upcoming releases during your visit. These events are a huge attraction and make for a memory that will last a lifetime, so don't miss it!
Features an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion open to the public. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a functioning hospital for ill and injured sea turtles and is the only hospital of its kind in the state of Georgia.
$7 for adults (13+ years)
$6 for Seniors (65+ years)
$5 for children (4-12 years)
FREE for children 3 and under
$6 for Active Duty Military Personnel, College Students and Teachers (ID required). Prices include tax.
Visitors under 16 years old must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older. In accordance with State Health Department regulations, all swimsuits must be covered. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.
Hours of Operation
March - October: Monday - Sunday 9am - 5pm
November - February: Tuesday - Sunday: 9am - 5pm
During the months of December, January, and February, we are closed on Mondays. We are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. We are open on Thanksgiving Day 10am-2pm.
Jekyll Island Sea Turtles
Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island Terrapins are the only turtle species in the world known to live their whole life in brackish water (a mixture of salt and fresh water, common in the Golden Isles). Found in the marsh habitat of Georgia's Barrier Islands, they have webbed feet with claws on each toe, allowing them to swim well and also walk on land at low tide.
Diamondback terrapins are one of the most common turtles to see along the causeway. Female terrapins are almost twice as big as the males. Because of their hard shell, female terrapins can't expand their bodies to accommodate eggs. A female terrapin grows to about 8 to 10 inches long in comparison to a male and she lays 8 to 10 eggs which take about 65 days to incubate.
Ride with Night Patrol Program
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island offers a summer program to engage visitors with a unique understanding of the Island's endangered sea turtles. Ride with Night Patrol allows guests to accompany local biologists to the beach on all-terrain vehicles, where they will gain hands-on experience with sea turtle crawls, habitat, nesting and egg hatching. All funds from this program benefit the research department at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
Restaurants and Dining in St. Simons
There's no shortage of great places to eat in St. Simons, whether you prefer fresh, local seafood and our infamous Wild Georgia shrimp, fine dining or more intimate cafes and eclectic bistros, pizza, American cuisine or a variety of Mexican, Italian and Asian restaurants to choose from.